Re: SATA disk driver for an HP ML110G3 server?
David Landgren wrote:
I'm currently evaluating an HP Proliant ML110G3 server. It's small,
silent, clean inside and cheap. Really, a nice box. I stuck a testing
boot CD into the drive (dated mid-November) and fired it up.
Unfortunately, it wasn't able to auto-detect what disk driver to use. I
see a number of sata-* drivers are available, but I don't know how to
determine the chipset. HP's website talks of drivers for Red Hat and
I got this sorted out all by myself, so here are the details in case
anyone else comes across this in a search.
I tried a Ubuntu 5.10 install CD and it detected the disk immediately.
This let me see that at some level Debian was quite capable of running
on the machine.
After futzing around for a while manually loading different modules, at
one point I hit escape and wound up in the basic installer menu. I chose
the option "detect hard disks" and there I had a screen with a checkbox
asking me whether I wanted to load the floppy driver. It was checked,
and I continued. Another screen followed, asking about PCMCIA options,
that I left blank. The installer then trundled away briefly and then
responded with the news that it had found sda0, and would I like to use
the entire disk for Debian.
So I said yes, and they all lived happily ever after. I don't pretend to
understand why this circuitous route works, and the straight out install
doesn't, but I leave that mystery for someone else to sort out.
"It's overkill of course, but you can never have too much overkill."